The Origins of Totalitarianism

Hannah Arendt

Wanda McCaddon (Narrator)

12-01-07

23hrs 24min

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12-01-07

23hrs 24min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Political Science

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“The work of one who has thought as well as suffered…A disquieting, moving, and thought-provoking book.” New York Times Book Review

An Amazon.com Bestseller

A recognized classic and definitive account of its subject, The Origins of Totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism," begining with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the nineteenth century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.

In her analysis of the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements, Arendt focuses on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in the twentieth century: Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, which she adroitly recognizes as two sides of the same coin rather than opposing philosophies of the Right and Left. From this vantage point, she discusses the transformation of classes into masses, the role of propaganda, and the use of terror essential to this form of government. In her brilliant concluding chapter, she discusses the nature of individual isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.

Praise

“The work of one who has thought as well as suffered…A disquieting, moving, and thought-provoking book.” New York Times Book Review

“The most influential single book on the theme of totalitarianism.” Foreign Affairs 50-Year Bibliography

“Looks at almost every pernicious trend in the last century’s politics with stunning subtlety.” Christopher Caldwell, National Review

“With The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt emerges as the most original and profound—therefore the most valuable—political theoretician of our times.” New Leader

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Language English
Release Day Nov 30, 2007
Release Date December 1, 2007
Release Date Machine 1196467200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Politics & Social Sciences, Politics & Government, Most Popular
Author Bio
Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was born in Hanover, Germany, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and the New School for Social Research.

Narrator Bio
Wanda McCaddon

Wanda McCaddon (d. 2023) narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, sometimes with the pseudonym Nadia May or Donada Peters. She earned the prestigious Audio Award for best narration and numerous Earphones Awards. She was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.

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An Amazon.com Bestseller

A recognized classic and definitive account of its subject, The Origins of Totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism," begining with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the nineteenth century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.

In her analysis of the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements, Arendt focuses on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in the twentieth century: Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, which she adroitly recognizes as two sides of the same coin rather than opposing philosophies of the Right and Left. From this vantage point, she discusses the transformation of classes into masses, the role of propaganda, and the use of terror essential to this form of government. In her brilliant concluding chapter, she discusses the nature of individual isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.

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